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Get ready for Father’s Day

Image courtesy freedigitalphotos.net/Stuart Miles

Image courtesy freedigitalphotos.net/Stuart Miles

Unsure of what to get dad for the upcoming Father’s Day celebrations? We’ve picked out a few options which won’t break the bank.

Ties, tools and Old Spice – there’s often a pattern when it comes to buying gifts for Father’s Day, even if your dad doesn’t have a suit, or couldn’t mend a cabinet even if he wanted to. Here’s a few nice (and perhaps a little stereotypical) gifts for your dad this Father’s Day.

World Cup Guide – €18.75 from Easons. No Father’s Day gift list is complete without a stereotypical football gift, and this is no exception. Andrew McDermott’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil official guide is a comprehensive guide to the world’s greatest sporting tournament, full of photography, expert analysis, World Cup history and much more.

Google Chromecast – €40 from Argos. Featured earlier this year, Google’s Chromecast is a great gift for the tech-loving dad who wants nothing more than to view his favourite YouTube clip on the TV. With the ability to stream online shows, films and music from the likes of BBC’s iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube – via your smartphone, tablet or laptop – you simply plug the device into the back of your TV, make sure you’re connected to your Wi-Fi, set up the app, and sit back and enjoy.

Paul Smith Extreme Sport (30ml) – €35 from Debenhams. Cologne might be something of an overused old reliable, but this has a nice spicy and woody tang to it. And nothing says Father’s Day like ‘Extreme Sport’.

Online brewing course – Heineken and Budweiser can get old really fast. While there are a number of fabulous homegrown beers gaining popularity here, lots of us wouldn’t mind the chance to brew our own, if only we knew how. If your dad fits into that category, get him an online course for just £29 (€35) normally £495 (€614).

Time – Many of us have hectic schedules, whether with work, or the kids, or the upcoming month of World Cup fixtures. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set aside some quality time with Dad this Sunday – the best gifts don’t always cost money. Even if you’re at the opposite end of the country, or across the sea, a long distance call or Skype session could mean the world to him. Father’s Day isn’t about who can buy the best gift, it’s an opportunity to say ‘Thanks for being a great Dad.’

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